March will be Poverty Awareness Month in Buffalo. To relate to this city-wide theme, the Center for Community-Based Learning and the Center for Multicultural Education and Diversity are planning a WNY Leaders Panel of organizations that in some way seek to address issues related to poverty (this could be homelessness, social justice, supportive programming, etc.).

The panel is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, March 18, from 5-6:30 in Huber 208.

The WNY Leaders Panel was developed as a supplemental experience for students involved in Learning Communities and students involved in various co-curricular programs on campus. This event provides students and faculty with the opportunity to engage in an on-campus discussion about serious issues affecting this and every community. There will be related programming during that month to help cultivate and contribute to a conversation of awareness and civic engagement on campus.  More details will be forthcoming.

Please save the date, and encourage your students to attend. In the past, LC instructors have made this event mandatory, with reflective prompt assignments, or have offered it for extra credit. We will have a sign-in sheet.

Please let me know if you decide to make this experience mandatory or at least strongly encouraged for your students. It will help us to gauge expected audience, and make announcements regarding sign-in.

Visit Medaille College’s Community-Based Learning website ( for more information.

  • : Bridget Brace-MacDonald

Posted by: Bridget Brace-MacDonald